Archives for April, 2012

Comments Off on Hard Work Pays Off at Eco-marathon

Our team arrived to Houston on March 29th with both HotRod and ThunderDawg and got straight to work! For the rest of Thursday, our team reassembled the vehicles and got them ready for technical inspection on the following day. Also on Thursday, the Louisiana Tech University Engineering and Science Board had a dinner where a…

If you’re looking for a car that gets decent mileage on the road but also functions as an aircraft when you’re in the mood to fly, you may have some options in the near future. The Terrafugia Transition Street-Legal Airplane is now one step closer to delivery after a successful prototype test flight, according to…

Taxpayers could end up being on the hook for a very large bill. Subsidies have been very much on the minds of lawmakers of late. The Obama administration failed in its bid to get Congress to withdraw the substantial subsidies we provide to the oil and gas industry. And the New York Times reports that…

“This was a real year of firsts,” Dick Williams, president of Shell Windenergy, told the crowd of hundreds in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas Sunday evening, at the closing ceremony to the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012. “This is the first year we had a flash mob come dance on our stage,”…

Comments Off on DOE Dangles $100K For Home Energy Data Apps

Are you or is someone you know a green-minded software developer? The U.S. government wants you to help secure the country’s energy efficient future via the U.S. Department of Energy‘s (DOE) “Apps for Energy” competition. The challenge here is to build apps for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and…

Comments Off on Mater Dei, Louisiana Tech Score Eco-marathon Victories

Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., swept Shell Eco-marathon in Houston over the weekend, scoring victories in four categories and achieving a best run of 2,188.6 miles per gallon with its gas-powered vehicle, dubbed 9th Gen. Mater Dei also achieved the highest mileage in the UrbanConcept class with their soon-to-be-retired gas-powered vehicle George, which…

Comments Off on From Bamboo to Carbon Fiber, Students Innovate Clean Cars at Shell Eco-marathon 2012

“We used bamboo because it is light, strong, and cheap,” explained Nadim Rabbani, 18, the student leader of the Westside Engineering and Geosciences Academy team at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012. Westside is a high school in Houston, Texas, site of this year’s annual competition, which has high school and college teams from the U.S.,…